#Occupy Oakland, The Police & Scott Olsen

Discussion in 'News and Current Events' started by The Wrong Guy, Oct 25, 2011.

  1. Deadly Secrets: How California Law Shields Oakland Police Violence

    This story was produced with the support of the Investigative Fund of the Nation Institute and the Investigative Reporting Program at UC-Berkeley.

    The bloody climax of the hunt for Lovelle Mixon offers a window into that long term. OPD found Mixon hiding at his sister’s apartment. When members of the SWAT team arrived, they cobbled together an impromptu entry team, led by Gonzales. Snipers and hostage negotiators had not made it to the scene, Mixon’s location had not been confirmed and, critically, medical support was not yet on site. But the on-site commander sent Gonzales and his team into the apartment anyway.
    The team burst through the door and lobbed several “flash-bang” stun grenades. The grenades had an unexpected effect: the plaster walls of the apartment caught fire, kicking up a fog of plaster and smoke that obscured the officers’ vision. Mixon opened fire from behind this screen, killing Sgt. Ervin Romans and hitting Gonzales in the shoulder. One stun grenade struck Mixon’s 16-year-old sister Reynette Mixon on the leg, melting her pajama pants to her body.
    Lovelle Mixon fatally shot another officer, Sgt. Dan Sakai, and again hit Gonzales before Gonzales finally shot and killed him. By that point, it had become the deadliest day for Golden State law enforcement since 1970.

    Gonzales took an extended medical leave after the Mixon debacle, but has returned to duty as a robbery detective, where he still serves today. He was part of the department-wide deployment on Nov. 5, 2010, to contain protests over the light sentence ex-BART police officer Johannes Mehserle received for killing Oscar Grant. He was photographed that night in riot gear with a shotgun in hand.

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  2. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scott Olsen Interviewed After Release From Hospital

    Uploaded by StaticisStranded2 on Nov 28, 2011

    Scott Olsen, the Iraq War veteran injured at the Occupy Oakland encampment on October 25 has since been released from the hospital and gave his first interview yesterday which was posted this morning (Monday November 28, 2011) on by Dave Id.

    In the interview Scott talks about the challenges he faces after being hit in the head by a projectile at Occupy Oakland, specifically the traumatic brain injury he sustained and the weeks of therapy it took for him to regain his speech. His skull was fractured in the incident and he suffered some brain damage which affected the speech center of his brain. In the video it is evident that he still struggles a bit with speaking. But Olsen states that he is doing much better than he was.

    He also addresses the City of Oakland and the Oakland Police Department, who are investigating the incident, stating that he is waiting to see what they are going to say about themselves in their own investigations. Olsen also conveys at end of the interview that the Occupy Movement was intended to be peaceful and should remain that way - that by working together and being open with one another would solve most of the problems that the movement faces with bureaucracy.

    The full story can be read by following this link:

    occupyoakland Occupy Oakland
    First interview with Scot Olsen since he was shot in head with projectile by police:… #OccupyOakland #OWS #OccupyCal
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    occupyoakland Occupy Oakland
    The person arrested at #oo on Thanksgiving was just released on crutches. Judge kicked out people doing solidarity in court.
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    occupyoakland Occupy Oakland
    Also police beat and arrested someone doing court support in hallway after they tried to take picture of Occupy prisoner's leg #oo
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  3. Glenn Beck Member

    Interesting^. The city and a consultative neurologist is going to have a hey-day with that video in court.

    Funny that the interviewer makes some assertions that are never corroborated by Scott, like that his injury was actually caused by the police. I'm glad to see he's back having so much fun, I sure hope he doesn't accidentally his whole face again whilst texting.
  4. Keep drinking and posting Glenn, it amuses me.
  5. The Wrong Guy Member

    Murder charge filed in Occupy Oakland slaying |

    A fugitive has been charged with murder after a protester was killed last month near the former Occupy Oakland encampment outside City Hall, authorities said Friday. Norris Terrell, 20, is awaiting extradition to California after being arrested Sunday in Lexington, Ky., for the Nov. 10 slaying of Kayode Ola Foster, 25, who had been staying at the anti-Wall Street site in Oakland for at least two weeks, police said. Terrell left Oakland on a bus the day after the shooting and fled to Kentucky, where authorities found him at a friend's house, interim police Chief Howard Jordan said.

    Police said Foster was shot in a fight, possible over alcohol, on the City Hall plaza. At least six gunshots were fired, creating chaos among occupiers and eyewitnesses and sparking community outrage that led police to shut down the camp four days later.

    Police arrested three other men in connection with the attack. Joseph Anthony Gholston, 32, Excell McKinley, 20, and Carleon Roberson, 18, all of Oakland, were charged Thursday with assault with a deadly weapon for beating Foster before the shooting, police said.

  6. Glenn Beck Member

    I still don't see any recent stories about the tragedy that indicate the police directly caused the injuries to Scott Olson. I see quite a bit of "injured during a police confrontation" but nothing factually stating that he was shot in the face by the police with 40mm M97 type of weapon.

    So, TWO months later, what do you have other than speculation about his injuries? (text>trip>splatt)
  7. Glenn Beck Member

    Just to help you with your always accurate reporting.

    Seems the situation originated inside the camp where the victim was part of the Oakland Occupation. And that a bank teller* was hit with a stray bullet from the Oakland Occupation murderous melee.

    Police say 20-year-old Norris Terrell, of Oakland, was picked up last week in Louisville, Ky. Prosecutors have charged him with murder in the Nov. 10 slaying of 25-year-old Kayode Ola Foster, who was staying at the camp.

    Police say Terrell also wounded a credit union teller with an errant bullet meant for Foster.

    Three other people have also been arrested for assault in connection with the shooting. Police say 32-year-old Joseph Anthony Gholston, 20-year-old Excell McKinley and 18-year-old Carleon Roberson beat Foster before Terrell shot him.

    Authorities say the shooting occurred after one of the suspects got into a dispute at the camp that might not have involved Foster.

    A bank teller, really? You can't make this shit up.
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    OccupyCali Occupy California
    Posting of LAPD commanders' personal data prompts city action - December 12, 2011 | 8:54 am Anonymous...
    4 minutes ago

    Anonymous postings of personal information on more than two dozen L.A. police commanders prompted a councilman to propose supporting legislation that would keep such records confidential, officials said Monday.

    Last week, the Los Angeles Police Department opened an investigation into who listed officers’ property records, campaign contributions, biographical information and, in a few cases, the names of children and other family members on sites that allow users to anonymously input data.

    Such sites have increasingly been used to post the personal information of individuals who raise the ire of online activists, a practice known as “doxing.”

    On Friday, Councilman Dennis P. Zine, a former LAPD officer, introduced a motion calling on the state to mandate that county assessors keep law enforcement officials’ records confidential, similar to protections offered by the state Department of Motor Vehicles.

    He argued that police could become targets in the course of doing their jobs.

    By adopting the resolution, “the city of Los Angeles hereby includes in its 2011-2012 State Legislative Program support of legislation that would clarify and authorize the ability of County Assessors to follow the same guidlines as the California DMV for maintaining confidentiality of records pertaining to law enforcement officials,” according to the draft ordinance.

    More broadly, the resolution calls on the LAPD, the city’s chief legislative analyst and the city attorney to review “other types of public records that should be kept confidential for law enforcement officials” but does not specify what other kind of information should be kept out of the public domain.

    Last week, several postings were linked to from a publicly available Twitter account, where unnamed activists claimed responsibility for the document dump. Some of the posts referred to the computer hacking group Anonymous, as well as Occupy L.A.

    “We stand with OccupyLA,” one of the postings reads.

    Another message refers to posted documents related to the Denver and Philadelphia police departments.

    Los Angeles police say there has been a recent uptick in attempts to hack into the department’s computers and website. None has been successful.

    LAPD Cmdr. Andy Smith said the department could not move to shut the documents site down because officials could not prove the data was illegally obtained.

    Still, the LAPD is examining whether some of the actions of those behind the posts could have included illegal acts, according to multiple sources familiar with the investigation.

  10. 00anon00 Member

    If someone does something that annoys you, make it illegal.
  11. The Wrong Guy Member

    Wounded ex-Marine Scott Olsen leads Oakland port march | Reuters


    Monday, December 12, 2011

    U.S. Marine veteran Scott Olsen, who became a face of the Occupy movement after he was badly wounded in an October demonstration, joined marchers in Oakland on Monday for the first time since he was injured. Wearing a neck brace, the Iraq War veteran led more than 1,000 demonstrators from downtown Oakland to the city's port as part of marches intended to bring cargo traffic to a halt there and across the West Coast.

    "Hi Occupy Oakland. It's a great day to be out here for my first event," Olsen told a cheering throng in Frank Ogawa Plaza, site of the movement's former tent camp. "I look forward to marching with you and joining you once again."

    Olsen, 24, was struck in the head by a projectile during a late-October rally through the city's streets in an incident that gave fresh impetus to anti-Wall Street protests nationwide.

    Olsen told the crowd on Monday that he appreciated their positive energy, adding: "Stay peaceful, stay safe, let's do some real action today."

    Occupy Oakland organizers say Olsen was struck in the head by a tear gas canister fired by police. Interim Oakland Police Chief Howard Jordan has opened an investigation into the circumstances surrounding Olsen's injury but police and city officials have not said how they believe the veteran was hurt.

    Olsen, wearing star-spangled pants, spoke haltingly in a separate brief interview with Reuters, saying that he still suffered pain in his neck and has spent time in rehabilitation since his release from the hospital.

    "It feels good to be out here," Olsen said. "All of us are on the march and we are ready to go."

    Asked about plans beyond Monday, Olsen said: "Keep getting better and keep spreading the truth." He said he had not decided whether to pursue legal action against the city.

    Roughly 1,000 activists took part in the Oakland marches on Monday, the biggest protests on the West Coast. Tractor-trailers en route into the facility, the nation's fifth busiest container port by volume, were prevented from entering at least two terminals where protesters formed picket lines in front of police.

    Olsen served two tours in Iraq, working as a technician and earning a handful of service medals. But friends say he soured on military life after his discharge and started a now-defunct website called "I hate the Marine Corps."

    Olsen received an "administrative discharge" from the Marines in late 2009, his uncle has said, though the precise reasons for it have not been confirmed. Such a discharge can result from any number of behavioral or disciplinary issues.

    On Monday, Olsen was smiling. "It's good to be back," he said.

    (Additional reporting by Emmett Berg in Oakland and Mary Slosson in Los Angeles; Writing by Mary Slosson. Editing by Cynthia Johnston)

  12. Glenn Beck Member

    So now its just the militant occupation organizers who claim scott was shot in the face with a 40mm tear gas canister. *cracks showing*
  13. DeathHamster Member

    As soon as lawyers are involved, they tell their clients to STFU. Neither Olsen nor the police (with their Blue Wall) are going to be saying anything for a while.
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  14. The Wrong Guy Member

    Oakland Mayor Driven from Facebook By Haters


    By Ryan Tate

    Consider Jean Quan's Facebook successfully occupied. The Oakland mayor has officially given up her would-be "fan page" after it was overwhelmed with critics of her handling of Occupy Oakland protests.

    Ever since her infamous decision to send police to break up Occupy Oakland, "the Mayor's page has been positively drowning in haterade," as the East Bay Express put it, "sustaining weeks and weeks and weeks of unmitigated internet vitriol."

    Quan's attempts to silence her critics only made things worse; after she disabled wall posts on her Facebook page, people just started dissing her in every random thing she posted. It's kind of comical and sad all at once. Click and enlarge the image above for a small sampling of 5 of 88 replies to a simple picture of the mayor eating chestnuts at an outdoor mall. There's more here. You have to scroll way down for "Mayor Quan is a source of constant civic embarrassment nationally" and "resign, you embarrassing failure of a mayor."

    After Quan announced on Twitter she was disabling the Facebook page, in poured at least 90 more internet comments, by the Express' count, mostly mean. "Pathetic & cowardly," read one tweet. "That's right.... fold under pressure," read another. This, of course, raises the question of how long Quan can remain on the microblogging service while keeping morale and dignity intact, given that she couldn't take the hate on kinder, gentler Facebook. Or how long she can maintain her YouTube presence. Or her blog.

    Maybe the wisest political course for Quan at this point is to lean in to the seething anger and reduce her online identity entirely down to just a secure tripcode on /b/. Just a thought!

    Quoted from

    Quan's Facebook page:

    Quan's Twitter page:!/jeanquan
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  15. The Wrong Guy Member

    The Race to Recall Jean Quan is On

    December 21, 2011

    On Monday, the city attorney said it was legal for two recall efforts to proceed independently of each other. (Read pdf of the legal opinion here.) One of the efforts is led by former mayoral candidate Greg Harland, who says Quan hasn’t done enough to create jobs. The other is led by Oakland Black Caucus member Gene Hazzard, who is angry the mayor did not re-appoint popular West Oakland activist Margaret Gordon to the port commission. Hazzard's petition has already been certified; Harland filed his paperwork Tuesday.

    Both are banking on voters’ general dissatisfaction to obtain the nearly 20,000 signatures required to put the recall on the ballot.

    More at
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    Oakland Mayor Announces $100,000 Independent Probe of Police Actions During Occupy Protests

    By Brian Shields - Wed, 21 Dec 2011

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan is promising "a public and transparent process" for a new independent panel she's setting up to investigate how the city's police force responded to this year's Occupy protests.

    Former San Jose Deputy Police Chief Thomas Frazier will lead the investigation which will focus in part on allegations of police misconduct and brutality which lead to critical injuries for one Iraq War vet among others.

    "We wanted to have an outside look at what happened," Quan said in announcing the review. "We need to have a balance between maintaining the civil rights of our citizens and having effective policing."

    Frazier says he anticipates the review will take about 90 days. Retired San Jose Deputy Police Chief Donald Anders, retired Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Michael Hillmann and retired U.S. Coast Guard Capt. Richard Cashdollar will also participate in the probe. Frazier says he may add a civil rights attorney to help make sense of the rules governing mutual aid for other police agencies who helped Oakland P.D. during the Occupy demonstrations.

    "We will look at whether outside officers were allowed to operate under the policies in their cities or were governed by Oakland's policies," Frazier said. "I don't know the answer yet."

    While Oakland police are barred from using rubber bullets and other projectiles, the investigation will focus on whether other agencies used such tactics with or without the knowledge of OPD officials.

    Quan says the investigation will cost the city about $100,000.

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  17. 00anon00 Member

    U think?
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  18. Anonymous Member

    Dick Cashdollar?

    Poor bastard, I bet high school was hell.
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  19. telomere Member

    He should have a chat with Delorme McKee-Stovall, to see if they can come up with something helpful.
    I'm not sure what her legal background is, but she's had good experience mediating between
    violent, hateful protesters and concerned members of their community, making sure everybody's civil rights were addressed fairly.
  20. The Wrong Guy Member

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    It appears the famous red and white #occupyoakland sign has been confiscated.
    34 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    Apparently only one arrestee at this #occupyoakland camp. Didn't have ID.
    31 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    People with out of state IDs who'd normally be arrested by default, were only cited at this #occupyoakland camp raid.
    21 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    Approx 25 OPD on scene. Maybe 30-40 protesters. #occupyoakland
    19 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    This looks like it's just gonna be a lot of posturing from here on out. Headed home. #occupyoakland
    15 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    Owners putting a new lock on the lot at 21st and Mandela. #occupyoakland
    9 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    Occupiers shouting at lot owner. Cops carrying flexicuffs to the front. #occupyoakland
    8 minutes ago

    GonzOakland GönzÖakland
    Occupier is in character as "Geraldo Hysteria", attempting to interview OPD, who stand impassive. #occupyoakland
    5 minutes ago
  21. The Wrong Guy Member

    Scott Olsen, Vet Wounded at Occupy Oakland, on Recovery, Protests, Iraq, and Bradley Manning

    Uploaded by democracynow on Dec 30, 2011 - Democracy Now! interviews someone who became one the faces of the global Occupy movement this year. Scott Olsen, a 24-year-old former U.S. Marine who served two tours in the Iraq war, was critically wounded after being shot in the head by a police projectile at Occupy Oakland. In a rare interview, Olsen joins us to discuss his life-threatening ordeal, his involvement in this year's historic Wisconsin and Occupy protests, the case of accused Army whistleblower Bradley Manning and how he too had access to similar types of information, and the U.S. withdrawal from Iraq.

    "They aren't respecting our right to assemble, protest and redress our government for grievances," Olsen says of police repression of the Occupy protests. "They are terrorizing us from going out [to demonstrations]. That is a sad statement for our country." Olsen also says he expects to rejoin the Occupy and antiwar protests as his recovery progresses. "I look forward to being a part of the 99 percent and Iraq Veterans Against the War in 2012," he says.

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    Occupy Oakland steps up after city cancels police forum

    By Matthew Artz, Oakland Tribune

    After city officials canceled a forum this week on the police department's response to Occupy Oakland protests, the Occupy movement has decided to hold a forum of its own.

    The forum, originally organized by Oakland's Citizens' Police Review Board, and slated to take place at City Hall with police officials and attorney James Chanin in attendance, will now be held by Occupy supporters at 6:15 p.m. Thursday at the Grand Lake Theater, a theater manager confirmed late Thursday.

    Derrick Muhammad, a police oversight board member, said city officials informed him earlier this week that they had canceled Thursday's forum over security fears stemming from last Saturday's protests, during which several demonstrators broke into City Hall and vandalized the lobby.

    Muhammad said he understood the city's concerns and expected the board to hold the forum at a later date.

    The civilian oversight board is currently investigating eight formal complaints against police stemming from Occupy events, including the Oct. 25 incident in which U.S. Marine veteran Scott Olsen was struck in the head by a tear-gas canister. The Internal Affairs Division of the Police Department has received about 1,000 Occupy-related complaints.

    Occupy Oakland supporter and chronicler Spencer Mills said the group would invite board members, Police Chief Howard Jordan and the public to Occupy's forum at the theater, located at 3200 Grand Avenue.

    Mills said Occupy members would show videos of police responses to protesters over the past four months. "We're going to do the Citizen's Police Review Board's job for them, because they won't do it themselves," he said.

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  23. My favorite part, go Occupy Oakland.
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  26. Anonymous Member

    A party for the violent assholes who want to be arrested? Excellent idea! The only trouble is that many of the violent assholes will be too chickenshit to show up without a screen of peaceful, rational protestors.
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  28. The Wrong Guy Member

    From Facebook, finally an update:

    Oakland Mayor Jean Quan
    The independent investigator should finish his report and recommendations on the Olson case and October 25 in about 7 weeks.
    6 hours ago
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  29. 00anon00 Member

    7 weeks. Must need lots of time to get the story straight, and spin it, and discredit the victims.
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    Scott Olsen, U.S. Vet Who Nearly Lost Life at Occupy Protest, Brings Antiwar Message to NATO Summit

    May 27, 2013

    We’re joined at the NATO summit in Chicago by Scott Olsen, who survived two tours in Iraq but almost died when he was hit with a police projectile at an Occupy Oakland protest last year. Olsen returned four of his medals at Sunday’s antiwar march. When asked why he’s joined the Occupy movement and is protesting against the heavily policed NATO summit, Olsen says, "I’m going to make every effort I can to show them that we’re doing the right thing, we’re in the right, and no matter what they do to any of us, we’ve got each other’s backs, and we’re going forward."
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  33. Anonymous Member

    Your icon is truly the wrong guy.
  34. Anonymous Member

    Just wanted to point out that whoever was using Glenn Beck was not only a fucking idiot but also a sympathizer of everything evil and wrong going on in "Law Enforcement" nowadays. Glenn, guess what, you fucking lost.


    The National Lawyers Guild has settled a civil rights lawsuit on behalf of journalist Scott Campbell -- who inadvertantly filmed himself being shot -- and 11 other Occupy Oakland activists who were brutalized by the Oakland Police in the fall of 2011, for $1.17 million and negotiated reforms. This new video (above) recorded on Oakland Police officer lapel cameras. On it, after Campbell has been shot, officers are heard to say "Perfect!" and "Nice Shot!"

    At least four more lawsuits have been filed against the city for police misconduct relating to Occupy protests in 2011 and 2012. In those a protester was nearly killed from being shot in the head (Veteran Scott Olsen) and another viciously beaten.
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  35. The Wrong Guy Member

    This was published today.

    On Wednesday, former Oakland, California Police Officer Robert Roche got his job back after being fired last August over an incident with Occupy Oakland protests way back in October, 2011. Roche will also receive back pay, an arbitrator ruled. Why was Roche fired? He (probably) wasn’t the still-unnamed officer who hit protester/veteran Scott Olsen with a beanbag to much media outrage and attention three years. Roche, however, was the officer captured on film throwing a teargas grenade into the small crowd who rushed to Olsen’s aid. Olsen needed the help. He received a $4.5 million payout from the city of Oakland, but has never recovered from his traumatic brain injury. In the video, Roche doesn’t appear to be very far from the crowd, and if he had been looking at the pavement, he could have seen Olsen lying there. Still, the arbitrator ruled that Roche didn’t necessarily know Olsen was injured, and, well, the teargas grenade didn’t hurt any of the people he pitched it towards. Rampant negligence is fine, as long as it wasn’t intentional, apparently.

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  37. Orson Member

    Hello to my peoples. RO - I still love you baby. :) The Wrong Guy, what's up mofo, you still keeping on?

    I'm in the dome right now.
  38. The Wrong Guy Member

    Suspended, Fired Oakland Police Officers Reinstated Because Of Flaws In Arbitration Process

    CBS San Francisco, April 17, 2015

    A scathing new report reveals serious flaws in punishing Oakland police officers, as problem officers who were suspended or fired were basically rewarded with what amounted to a paid vacation.

    The independent report — which called the arbitration process a “joke” and an “embarrassment” — says in the last four years, Oakland lost about 75 percent of its arbitration cases against suspended or fired police officers.

    Those officers not only got their jobs back, they were given back pay.

    The report says the officers didn’t win because they were right, but rather because the city attorney’s office did a horrible job and failed to spend time to fight those cases.

    “This report was absolutely difficult to read. But it’s important,” said Mayor Libby Schaaf.

    A federal judge overseeing the Oakland Police Department ordered the report after noticing a pattern of arbitration losses, like the case of officer Robert Roche.

    Roche was fired after he tossed a tear-gas canister at protesters helping an injured protester during an Occupy Oakland protest.

    It’s no secret to officers they’ll likely win in arbitration. The report says days before his hearing, Roche posted a Facebook picture drinking with other officers at a bar, saying “It’s about time, shooters ready, standby.”

    Someone responded, “If their arbitration record is any indicator, they should start pressing your uniform now.”

    “It’s a dysfunctional system, where the attorneys aren’t given the time to prepare the case,” said attorney Jim Chanin, who represented Scott Olsen, the Marine Corps veteran critically wounded and left with permanent brain damage when he was hit in the head with a shotgun-fired bean bag.

    The report says the city attorney assigned cases to lawyers too close to the arbitration – in at least one instance, just the day before.

    “If you’re not prepared, you’re gonna lose,” said Chanin.

    Continued here:

    Oakland Cops Escape Discipline Because of “Broken, Haphazard” Process

    Former Oakland police Chief Batts in hot seat in Baltimore
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